For not the first time in the past five months, Liverpool are reportedly set to sign Danny Ings.
The first words to rush from my brain, up my vocal chords and out of my mouth are sarcastic, expressionless: woohoo, great, fantastic, terrific. We’ll throw a “great character” in there for the boss Brendan Rodgers.
Before I get into Ings, Liverpool have also “reportedly been set to sign” Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian, Mohamed Salah, Yevhen Konoplyanka, and the most recent heart break, Memphis Depay. That list could have gone on for days, by the way.
Ings himself has been “reportedly set to sign” for Liverpool, then Real Sociadad, then Manchester United, then Liverpool again, so, who knows. But it's always fun to pretend this report is fact, so, let's pretend nobody in the media ever, occasionally, fabricates a link for views or stretches the truth.
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One year ago, I’d be able to talk myself into Danny Ings a bit more. I love his work rate and intangibles, he's got a great story…. Wait, hang on, I’ve said this before, haven’t I? Ah. That’s right. This is Rickie Lambert 2.0.
Last summer, even the more common pessimistic variety of Liverpool fans bought in to the idea of Lambert. Those pessimistic fans have generally been wore down for 25 years then got a breath of fresh optimism from last year’s overachieving second placed finish. He was going to be an over qualified backup, great for the locker room, come on at the end of games, win points with late dramatic headers and step in for Sturridge if he ever needed rest, you know, because his legs totally aren’t made of papier-mâché.
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Maybe Ings is getting a bad start thanks to previous transfer dealings. So let's move past the Lambert connection. Okay,so the next natural thought is… Fabio Borini? Oh come on now. That's just unfair.
Ings and Borini have a similar build, work rate, movement, etc. If poor Ings really is off to Liverpool, he’ll already have a lot of people to convince that he isn't Borini, Lambert nor a combination of the two.
Looking on the bright side, the more favorable aspects about the soon-to-be former Burnley man is that he’s 22-years-old and doesn’t move like a tractor trailer. To take the best of negative comparisons, he’s got Lambert’s touch, Borini’s movement and a shared work rate of the two. He’s cheap, just a compensatory £3-5millon fee and won’t exactly command huge wages. He banged in 10 goals for Burnley without a certain Brazillian behind him. Kieran Trippier topped their chances created table, who plays right back. Ings wouldn’t be starved for service at Liverpool. And all of his ten goals came within the box outlines his poaching ability.
His not so favorable qualities, begins with, is he even good though? As they say, fool me once, shame on you, but being ready to love Danny Ings so soon after believing in Lambert, Borini and Mario Balotelli, then you deserve to get your heart broken. Or something like that.
Back to the Borini correlations, even the Italian scored seven goals for Sunderland last season. Now how does Ings’ 10 look? A bit more like two. Also, picking up Ings on the cheap doesn’t exactly signify title challenging intent. Imagine trotting out a team regularly that includes Ings, Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, Dejan Lovren? Grim.
There’d be pluses and minuses to the acquisition of Danny Ings. The sequence of events would be important. If Liverpool were to have had a bid accepted for Alexandre Lacazette and brought him in first, then tied down Ings whilst in the process of dumping Balotelli, Lambert and Borini, then he’d have a much better reception. But buying Ings first is like purchasing a cable box before a television, what’s the point? If you’re just choosing between televisions at the minute and there’s deal on a cable box, that’s acceptable. But if you just go out and grab a cable box with no inclination to buy a tele, then really, what’s the point?